RE­MEM­BRANCE Stun­ning tribute to war dead

Poppy dis­plays across Strathaven

East Kilbride News - - CLUB NEWS - Colin Pater­son

At the go­ing down of the sun and in the morn­ing we will re­mem­ber them.

The words of Robert Lau­rence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen carry a cer­tain poignancy this week­end as the United King­dom pre­pares to fall silent to re­mem­ber those who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.

Across East Kil­bride and Avon­dale, heads will be bowed in si­lence as a tribute to those who have died dur­ing war.

In Strathaven, the tribute has been il­lus­trated per­fectly, dra­mat­i­cally, with a stun­ning poppy dis­play in the town.

With the cas­tle as its back­drop, mem­bers of the Strathaven Com­bat Cro­cheters and Knit­ting Nin­jas group have cre­ated a breath­tak­ing spec­ta­cle beau­ti­fully cap­tured by pho­tog­ra­pher Ste­wart Daniels’ in­cred­i­ble pictures.

A core team of 13 have cre­ated over 5500 knit­ted/ cro­chet poppies with a group of around 40 vol­un­teers from Strathaven and be­yond pulling it all to­gether and putting up the poppies.

The project has taken 10 weeks fol­low­ing the first plan­ning meet­ing back in July and all dona­tions

will go to the Pop­pyscot­land char­ity.

Knit­ted and cro­chet poppy crosses are also be­ing made.

And a memo­rial gar­den has been cre­ated in the town be­tween Bridge Street and Kirk Street with a memo­rial ser­vice tak­ing place last night.

“Pop­pyscot­land pro­vides life-chang­ing sup­port to our armed forces com­mu­nity,” the Strathaven Com­bat Cro­cheters and Knit­ting Nin­jas said.

“They reach out to those who have served, those still serv­ing, and their fam­i­lies at times of cri­sis and need by of­fer­ing vi­tal, prac­ti­cal ad­vice, as­sis­tance and fund­ing.

“They be­lieve that those who serve or have served, whether reg­u­lar or re­serve, are de­serv­ing of our sup­port to live life fully with­out dis­ad­van­tage af­ter ser­vice.

“No vet­eran should live with­out the prospect of em­ploy­ment, good health and a home, and we all have a part to play in achiev­ing this. Thank you for sup­port­ing Strathaven Com­bat Cro­cheters and Knit­ting Nin­jas to sup­port Pop­pyscot­land.”

●Visit: ww.uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/team/ Strathaven_Yarn­bomb if you would like to do­nate to the project and or­der a knit­ted/cro­chet poppy cross.

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